"Renewal is not innovation and change. It is the process or bringing the results of change into line with our purpose" -John W. Gardner 

"They performed the service of their God and the service of purification, as commanded by David and his son Solomon, and did the singers and the gatekeeper." (Nehemiah 12:45ff) 

The forces of nature engineered by the Covid-19 contagion pushed many underdeveloped, developing but also developed nations across all continents to reassess and recalibrate their internal and foreign policies, Uganda not being an exception! 

The need for the structural transformation of economies is top on the agenda. But other productive resources that can trigger low productivity to high productivity economic activities like social, political, technological, environmental, and legal demographics are equally considered. 

China being one of the few developing countries that have successfully risen from dust to joy and praise by championing herself as a manufacturing assembly hub of the world to an economic powerhouse, offers one of the best lessons.  

China has designed both targeted actions powering the digital resolution and adoption of forward-looking policies and reforms.  

The first phase China adopted involves specific actions that target deep integration of the internet with the real economy along with building consumers' digital skills.  

The second phase China came up with is a combination of proactive macroeconomic management, financial reforms, and carefully managed capital account liberalization, policies, and flexibility in the Country. 

When the exiles were rebuilding the wall their dedication was characterized by joy, praise, and singing. Nehemiah,  their noble leader repeatedly mentioned David, who began the custom of using choirs in worship. Stretching a little back, in David's times, Israel was a vigorous, God-fearing nation.  

The strong faith of the exiles who had accepted to return and settle in Jerusalem desired their nation to be the hub of a renewed people and nation strengthened by God. In doing so they dedicated themselves and their city to God. We all agree that dedicating a nation to God is one of the tested approaches to building a hub of the renewed nation and comes with all forms of blessings. 

However, a blessing in a hand of a fool is a curse! Our nations in being encouraged to register all forms of blessings they too need to adopt structural adjustments, innovative and flexible modalities like China, or other equally developed economies we all admire. 

Prayer Today: Creator, the Lion of Judah,  you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending paths as yet pathless, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us.  In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.  

Albert Collins Kyeyune